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Camouflaged Hipparchia semele

Camouflaged Hipparchia semele
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-08-22 6:47
Viewed: 2025
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Ockerbindiger Samtfalter (Rostbinde)

Wingspan: 42-50mm
Habitat: different kinds, dunes, grassland, woodland
Distribution: Europe, South of Russia

This specimen was well camouflaged on a sunny stone, only the orange tip of wings helped to see it. This specimen was rather small compared to other ones I have seen at lower situated places. It seems that this species has a great variability in size and patterns.

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WOW the thumbnail looked like a toad with a bright orange eye!! CAMOUFLAGE indeed! Well done and great example with superb reflection of why the markings do indeed ward off prey!

hello Anne
great spotting and captured,
good sharpness and perfect colour. well composed picture.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-22 6:57]

Bonjour Anne,une espece que je n'ai jamais vue chez moi et une excellente capture malgre' la forte lumiere et le fond....details aut top et couleurs naturelles.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

hello Anne
super good picture of this butterfly on the rock who camouflaged the butterfly
great details good sharpness and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Anne,
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice camouflage of this butterfly species. The exposure and the superb light makes a wonderful photo. I never have the chance to meet this interesting species.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Anne,
it's really like a camouflage! Excellent colours. Perfect composition. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Bonjour Anne

On pourrait dire ce papillon pourrait superbement
être camouflé avec son environment, belle lumière, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-22 8:02]

Hello neighbour Anne,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and nice natural colours. Taken from an excellent POV in a pleasant composition.

Hello Anne,
An excellent macro with such fine coloration, sharpness & pose. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS! Best wishes!


Ciao Anne. Good contrast splendid colours and perfect details.


Bom dia Anne
Great camouflage of this butterfly.Great composition,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
have a good day!
Kind regards

Ciao Anne, great macro of beautiful butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Anne

Camouflage and mimicry in animals is always very interesting and this one is no exception. Perfect exposure and more interestingly you have literally forcibly separated the beauty from the stony BG by your DOF. Superbly done.
Thanks Himanshu

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